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Optimism As Pakistan Celebrates Independence Day

Optimism As Pakistan Celebrates Independence Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Report By : HUSSEIN JIVA

A celebratory mood enveloped the Pakistan Indian High Commission in Nairobi as the Pakistani nationals congregated to celebrate the country’s 72nd Independence Day on 14th August.

The proceedings of the day commenced with a prayer, before the Pakistan High Commissioner, His Excellency (HE) Raza Tarar, delivered his address for the occasion.

‘Today’s Independence Day is distinct for many reasons; it is distinct because it is taking place at the culmination of the third consecutive process of democratic transition from government to the next. It is distinct because it is being celebrated during the most happening week in our parliamentary history; the new governments in the centre and provinces are taking shape…  People of Pakistan are witnessing for the first time in our history that the third consecutive outgoing government has completed its full term,’ read an excerpt from his speech.

The country’s newly-elected government has been met with optimism, with citizens both, in the country and the diaspora, expecting a new dawn of change.

“The third consecutive transition of the government brings renewed hopes and bodes well for the future of Pakistan. Each one of us has a role to play in shaping that future… We should be ready and willing to play our role in our respective capacities in nation building,” the speech read.

Partly echoing those sentiments was the Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Justice (Retd) Nasir-ul-Mulk, who added the day also provided an ‘opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to the ideals of our Quaid (the late founder of Pakistan, Muhammed Ali Jinnah) and to the aspirations of Dr Allama Mohammad Iqbal (Muslim poet) who wanted to see the Muslim community flourishing in a separate homeland without any fear of oppression, intolerance, inequality and injustice.’

The incoming government, headed by Imran Khan, lays great emphasis on environment. Among the pledges made in his election manifesto was the planting of 10 billion more trees across Pakistan. And there is a need for collective effort to realise a better Pakistan.

‘I believe that the objective of developing the country and rekindling its glorious past can only be achieved if we work… keeping aside our personal interests… It rejuvenates our resolve to work for the progress and prosperity of our motherland,’ read an extract from the speech of the President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Mamnoon Hussain, on the occasion of Independence Day.

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